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Cultural Council - Style, design and artistic expertise

Creativity is how a style comes to life and how a product gets its soul. Creativity transcends boundaries to meld traditional and contemporary, on both the inside and the outside of a watch.

Creativity draws extensively on the métiers d'art, essential skills that have been handed down through centuries. It is also bound up with invention and innovation, with new areas to explore and ideas that watchmakers can transpose from other sectors.


Coordinator

Emmanuel Schneider

Market Research Manager at the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, coordinator for the Cultural Council


Biography coming soon...


Experts

Jean-Philippe Arm

Founder of Watch Around magazine, Switzerland


Born in Sainte-Croix, anthropologist and graduate in literature, as a journalist Jean-Phillipe Arm has written for numerous Swiss publications and reported from locations all over the world. He is also the author of several books. In 1993 he started Montres Passion and was the magazine's editor-in-chief for 13 years before launching his own magazine, Watch Around, in 2007. Jean-Philippe is seen as one of the leading watch specialists in Switzerland where, over the course of his career, he has come to know almost every watchmaker and workshop.


Alberto Cavalli

Managing Director of Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, Milan, Italy


Alberto Cavalli is managing director of the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte, a private, non-profit institution for the promotion and preservation of fine craftsmanship. He is a professor at Milan Politecnico school of design, as well as a visiting professor at the Creative Academy, where he leads seminars dedicated to the applied arts. He is a correspondent for the Russian magazine Kak Potratit and contributes to the Centre du Luxe et de la Création in Paris.


Nick Foulkes

Author of numerous books on art and history, and a contributor to a wide range of newspapers and magazines around the world, United Kingdom


Biography coming soon...


Alexis Georgacopoulos

Director of Lausanne University of Art and Design/ECAL,Switzerland


Alexis Georgacopoulos is a graduate of ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, and in July 2011 became the university's director. Alexis continues to both teach and practice design. Among his many partnerships and collaborations, he initiated the award-winning Delirious Home project that was presented at the Milan Furniture Fair in April 2014. Wallpaper* magazine has named him One of the 100 most influential figures in design.


Eric Giroud

Freelance watch designer, Switzerland


Eric Giroud shapes the hours. Through his collaborations with numerous watchmaking brands, this Swiss watch designer reveals his openness to the world, nurtured by the arts. Music lover, contemporary art collector and architect, Eric Giroud takes it upon himself to fuse the artistic and cultural universes that nurture him in order to create designs which are recognised by the profession and acknowledged with numerous prizes.


Arnaud Tellier

Founder of Tellier Fine Arts consultancy in the valuation and acquisition of artworks, Geneva, Switzerland


Arnaud Tellier grew up in a family where art was very much a part of life. His interest in watches began at an early age. After training as a watchmaker-restorer, as an expert in collectible horology he spent ten years with Antiquorum auctioneers, followed by eleven years as director and curator of the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva. In 2011 he set up a consulting firm specialising in the valuation and acquisition of artworks.